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Poster: Reade Date: Jun 15, 2011 8:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching for a Dark Star (who isn't?)

If 9/19/70 is the one you're looking for, and I suspect it is, the instrument in question might be a guiro. It's made of wood, is hollow, and is played by running a drumstick along it's outer surface.
There's a great picture of Pig playing one in Deadbase 9, a photo I've never seen anywhere else.

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Poster: leee1102 Date: Jun 15, 2011 3:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching for a Dark Star (who isn't?)

Thanks Reade, after I listened to the show that was suggested on the other post, I realized also that it was not a maraca, although I thought I heard one of those faintly in the background on the left channel. But yes you are right, at first I thought it might have been a washboard, but I guess that would have a different sound.

Thanks again for your suggestions. I haven't had a chance to listen to the other ones (no pun intended) yet.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 15, 2011 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching for a Dark Star (who isn't?)

9/19/70 is my all time fav...you'll love it.

10/12/68 is short, tight, 68 style.

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Poster: leee1102 Date: Jun 15, 2011 7:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching for a Dark Star (who isn't?)

Well, I've had a chance to listen to all the suggestions you guys have posted. And what a surprise...I like them all. I don't know if any of them are of the exact show that I was trying to remember, but I guess it doesn't matter, it's all good.

And I also realized that in some of the versions there are BOTH a maraca and a guiro (or one or the other). And one has little organ blips too. Dig that 60's Farfisa organ sound. ;-)

Thanks again for your help!

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Poster: vapors Date: Jun 16, 2011 2:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching for a Dark Star (who isn't?)

How about this one:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-09-02.sbd.miller.22095.sbeok.shnf

Edit: Just in case you missed it - the tracking is off on the player – the Dark Star begins @ 1:50 on track one ‘Introduction.’
Track 4 (The Eleven)is also Dark Star.
Maracas throughout, complemented by some timely guiro too.

No Brent though ... :)

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Poster: leee1102 Date: Jun 16, 2011 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Searching for a Dark Star (who isn't?)

Thanks! Another good one. In fact, another great show... a little known gem (at least to me).